[ sip-ruh-pee-dee-uh m ]
/ ˌsɪp rəˈpi di əm /


any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, comprising the lady's-slippers.

Origin of cypripedium

1765–75; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Cypri(a) Venus + -pedi- -ped + -um neuter ending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cypripedium


/ (ˌsɪprɪˈpiːdɪəm) /


any orchid of the genus Cypripedium, having large flowers with an inflated pouchlike lipSee also lady's-slipper
any cultivated tropical orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, having yellow, green, or brownish-purple waxy flowers

Word Origin for cypripedium

C18: from New Latin, from Latin Cypria the Cyprian, that is, Venus + pēs foot (that is, Venus' slipper)
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